While Sickouts Close 3 Detroit Schools, Others Manage with Fewer Teachers

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

At least three school districts in Metro Detroit will be closed Tuesday because many teachers are calling in sick to join union demonstrations in Lansing against the Legislature's expected passage of right-to-work legislation.

Taylor, Fitzgerald and Warren Consolidated Schools have canceled classes because of expected teacher shortages for the day. A fourth district, Addison, is closed due to water pressure issues.

Warren school officials said by 8 a.m. Tuesday, more than 750 staff members called in absent — a number that was far beyond the amount able to be covered by substitute staff.

Superintendent Robert Livernois said the decision to close schools was based "solely on student safety."

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